Exploring Genre: A Crime Anthology

Author: Richard Baines (editor), Publisher: Phoenix

In Exploring Genre: A Crime Anthology we are introduced to a broad and varied collection of violent and dastardly tales. The stories are divided into groups: pure crime, murder stories and stories of detection. Here is a tale of a woman who accidentally films the criminal act of a respected policeman, a spy who is unmasked by his wife, and an impoverished Swedish private eye who has another busy day at the office. Here are also real life crime stories: a boy who came back from the dead, the shocking story of match fixing by a famous cricket captain, and an Australian girl living in a witness protection program because a hitman had been hired to kill her.

The Exploring Genre books add to a reader's experience of short story writing in the genres of crime, fantasy and horror.. Extending beyond the traditional, they challenge our ideas of what to expect. There are stories in these collections from Australia, but also tales set in America, England, Japan, Sweden and India. They include stories both fact and fiction and are accompanied by a thought-provoking poem or two. Each story is followed by fresh and stimulating activities for comprehension, discussion and imaginative writing. The tales have been chosen for their appeal to students, the quality of the writing, and the relevance of the issues they explore.


The Crime Story


  • Welcome Home by Henry Slesar
  • Mug by Judy Thomson
  • The Dancer by Sophie Zi Cing
  • Danger Out of the Past by Erie Stanley Gardner


  • Taxi Driver by James Leslie
  • The Last Laugh by Mary Davin
  • Time to Remember by Barbara Yates Rothwell


  • Fresh Bait by Sherryl Clark
  • Vivaldi Played at Half Speed by Alex Eklund
  • The Adventures of the Amateur Hangman by Kel Richards

True Crime

  • The Hansie Cronje Story by Richard Silvers
  • Free at Last by Janet Fife-Yeomans
  • The Boy who Came Back from the Dead by Nick Davies

Journeying On...

  • The Death of Jinini by Andy Rouse
  • The Spirit of Murder by Pat Noad and Adrienne Joy
More Information
Year Level Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Date of Publication 2016 (Republished by Phoenix). Originally published 2001.
ISBN 9781925169065
Subject English
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